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A Spanish Convict, her clergyman biographer, and the amanuensis of her bastard son


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Frost, L and Ballyn, S (2001) A Spanish Convict, her clergyman biographer, and the amanuensis of her bastard son. In: Chain Letters: Narrativng Convict Lives. University of Melbourne Press, Melbourne, pp. 91-104. ISBN 0522849776

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In 1829 Adelaide de la Thoreza, a twenty-three-year-old woman born in Madrid, was tried at London's Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years' transportation to Australia. Half a century later a Presbyterian clergyman in the New South Wales town of Richmond wrote a biography of this Spanish convict, who had recently died. In this book chapter we interrogate his romantic account of how the daughter of Spanish aristocrats became first a convict and then a pioneer mother, whose oldest son Alf was born in the Parramatta Female Factory and given the surname "Smith" to cover his illegitimacy. Alf's reminiscences of life as a drover were published in 1909.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: female convict Spanish convict pioneer women
Publisher: University of Melbourne Press
Page Range: pp. 91-104
Date Deposited: 16 May 2008 01:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:39
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